World Vision Global Power Claims

The information behind the headlines of World Vision’s global impact.

The claims

The Global Power Claims were co-developed by experts from our Evidence and Learning, and Marketing teams using a rigorous, research-based process that is summarised below. They are reviewed annually by Evidence and Learning staff to ensure they reflect the latest evidence of impact data.

The information below was updated in October 2020.

NB: When FY is used in the below texts, this refers to 'Financial Year' - eg FY15-FY19 means over the financial years of 2015 to 2019.

Every 60 seconds … a family gets water … a hungry child is fed … a family receives the tools to overcome poverty.

The data

  • Based on an average of 6.1 million children receiving food assistance per year over the past five years (FY15-FY19) / 31.536 million seconds per year results in one child per seven seconds.
  • Based on the FY19 value of 578,692 new households reached by VisionFund, it can be claimed that one new household is reached every 55 seconds (31.536 million seconds per year / 578,692), equivalent to 1.1 households every 60 seconds. In addition, World Vision livelihoods programmes have significant reach both within and beyond the VisionFund programme areas. In FY19, these programmes supported about 1,451,000 active Savings Groups members, in addition to training 115,00 farmers in productive and sustainable farming practices.
  • VisionFund’s annual reporting for 2019 shows that nearly 1.46 million small loans were disbursed to 1.1 million clients, 71% of whom are females. These clients care for about 4.6 million children. In its database, there were 578,692 new households reached was as of September 2019.

World Vision is reaching one new person with clean water every 10 seconds and reaches three more schools every day with clean water.

The data

  • Based on an average of 3.97 million people per year over the last four years (FY16-19) reached with access to clean water, and an average of 1,988 schools per year over the past three years (FY16-19).
  • 3.97 million people per year/ 31.536 million seconds per year results in one person on an average of every 7.9 seconds being reached with clean water. 1,988 schools per year/ 365 days per year results in on average of 5.4 schools being reached with clean water every day. We have taken a conservative approach and rounded down one person every 10 seconds and three schools per day to account for potential fluctuations from year to year. Our secondary claim of “Every 60 seconds a family gets water” is also supported by this data.

Over the last 10 years, 89% of the severely malnourished children we treated made a full recovery.

The data

  • From FY10 to FY19 (October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2019), a total of 467,220 children were admitted for treatment of Severe and Acute Malnutrition; 453,445 received outpatient therapeutic care, and 13,775 received in-patient care for medical complications at stabilisation centres. Among those who were discharged over that five-year period, 89.3% fully recovered. In addition, 995,709 moderate acutely malnourished children and 429,074 pregnant and breastfeeding women received care through supplementary food programmes.
  • Since 2010, World Vision has been monitoring its Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programmes using the World Vision CMAM Database. Data summarised for this claim were produced from the CMAM database.

Together we’ve impacted the lives of over 200 million vulnerable children by tackling the root causes of poverty.

The data

  • We are counting cumulative numbers from FY15 to the end of FY19, avoiding double-counting of children. In FY19, approximately 38 million children benefited through the relief and development programmes.
  • Over the period from FY15-FY19, World Vision made a significant contribution to policy advances for many millions of children. To calculate this we count the number of vulnerable children for whom World Vision contributed to more than one policy change or implementation addressing the root causes of vulnerability, and where there is some evidence of implementation of at least one of the policies (with double-counting removed). This came to approximately 414 million children from FY15 to FY19.

Because of our community-focused solutions, for every child you help, 4 more children benefit, too.

The data

  • Programmes directly report numbers of sponsored children and children needing sponsors, as well as the number of direct beneficiaries in Horizon. The number of direct beneficiaries can be disaggregated by age range. This analysis used both the total number of sponsored children reported by each of the selected programmes, as well as the total number of direct beneficiaries of child age.
  • Among the programmes included in the calculation, there were 2,453,695 sponsored children and 14,473,203 direct participating children in the programmes. A sponsored child to direct participating children ratio was calculated by dividing the total number of direct participants by the total number of sponsored children.
  • The data came from FY19Q4 Sponsorship Field Dashboard developed by the Sponsorship Global Reporting and Insights team, using Horizon data.